Monday, March 12, 2012

MMCC Power Rankings: Week 3

What a race! I think the fearless leader at the site got it wrong; that was better than 3 Stars. Anytime you get two all-time greats battling for the win is awesome.

Though you won't find a single championship among the top five in this week's POWER RANKINGS.

1. Greg Biffle (Last Week 1) – Biffle flopped a set of threes on the poker table after yet another third-place effort at Las Vegas.

2. Kevin Harvick (3) –Rode around all day at or near the top 10, finished 11th. It may not be closer-like but hey, he's second in points ... can't argue with that.

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (7) – You would have thought the leader of the most laps got a Diet Dew at the end of the race by the way Junior jumped out to that lead.

4. Denny Hamlin (1) – Text from Stewart: "Anything you can do, I can do better".

5. Carl Edwards (11) – What a terrible run for the #99 team, but a heck of a finish. Keep that up and another title chase will be likely.

6. Tony Stewart (15) – Really wanted him to say, "Here, kitty kitty kitty" again after getting to second and going for the lead.

7. Jimmie Johnson (12) – Looks like old five-time is back to his old self, now to see how the appeal turns out.

8. Matt Kenseth (3) – Should have used a bit more Zest on the outside of that car to be able to make that pass work, from fourth to 22nd in a matter of laps.

9. Jeff Gordon (12) – Had a horrible car for most of the day, but actually made it better as the day went on. That's a lot more than the Gordon-Letarte team ever did.

10. Martin Truex Jr. (7) – Starting to believe Truex Jr. when he sings about idiotic announcers in the commercial. I can't count how many times the announcers screwed up Sunday.

11. Mark Martin (5) – There is only one driver in NASCAR that could make Martin look like the villain, and that's Dale Earnhardt Jr.

12. Paul Menard (20) – Another solid run for Menard, seems to be feast or famine for the third Richard Childress Racing driver.

13. Kyle Busch (6) – Never made much noise at his hometown track. His brother, however, smacked the inside wall so hard the brother's old dirt track could feel it.

14. Joey Logano (14) – It's tough not to pull for a guy like Logano, always smiling, unlike his teammates.

15. Jeff Burton (16) – The Mayor of NASCAR was the worst of the RCR bunch and still finished 16th, those Childress cars look tough.

16. Ryan Newman (NR) – Didn't hear much about Newman all day. Then you look at the finishing order and ol' rocket man ended up fourth.

17. Regan Smith (19) – If Smith can sneak another surprising win this season, this team could sneak into the Chase.

18. Brad Keselowski (9) – Tough day for both of the Penske Racing Dodges. The 2013 season can't come soon enough.

19. Clint Bowyer (NR) – New "drinking game." Have a 5-hour energy shot every time Bowyer's commercials run during a race broadcast. #wired

20. Trevor Bayne (NR) – GET THIS MAN A SPONSOR! The 2011 Daytona 500 champion won't be racing at Bristol in either series. What a shame.

DNF: NASCAR on FOX – FOX needs to realize that social media makes broadcasting delayed. Pit stops after they happened, along with everything else, under commercial look bush league.

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